April Nuggets of Inspiration & Wisdom

Hello survivors <3

Are you as tired of cold weather as me? In case you have never spent time with me in person I should let you know that I hate winter. Scratch that, hate is not a strong enough word. I can’t wait for the day I can be a snowbird spending Jan-April in Florida or anywhere warm!

 

What’s new at Surviving Life’s Curveballs

Ann Castro and I have worked through the first round of revisions for chapters 1-4 of the book. They’ll need at least one more go through, maybe two. But we are pushing through the rest of the book once first. I’m excited about the changes we have made and feel that it is truly becoming the best story it can be.

Reading

Modern Mindfulness: How to be more relaxed, focused and kind while living in a fast, digital, always-on world by Rohan Gunatillake

If you have ever thought about meditation or tried it but it didn’t work out for one reason or another, give this book a read. Rohan talks about many different types of meditation and awareness practice. Did you know there was walking meditation? I didn’t. Imagine how helpful that could be for people like my son with ADHD.

Rohan reminded me that meditation is about becoming more aware, connecting with our surroundings. We don’t need complete silence to practice mindfulness; we only need to allow ourselves to be present.

On Writing: A Memoir of Craft by Stephen King

Did you know Stephen King was recovering alcoholic among other dependencies? Me neither. The genius this man has shown time and time again all with a clouded head. Imagine what he is capable of now that he has a clear mind.

This book cut to the quick only sharing what is helpful and leaving out the fluff. Stephen allows us to connect with him on a personal level while giving us the essential tools needed for writing. I have already read this book twice and will refer back to it again I’m sure.

Assholes A Theory by Aaron James

Ever wondered what really separates jerks from assholes? Aaron answers that and defines the criteria for all kinds of asshole variations written in a funny but formal thesis style.

The Untethered Soul: A Journey Beyond Yourself by Michael A. Singer

I have to admit this one was above my head but that’s exactly the reason I enjoyed it. Every once in a while we have to stretch ourselves to grow.

Tangerine by Christine Mangan

You know how I know this was an excellent book? The ending upset me greatly because I was so emotionally invested in the characters. I wanted to yell at them through the pages, but as the reader, I could only bear witness to what the story unfolded.

If I Understood You Would I have this look on my Face? My Adventure in the Art and Science of relating and communicating By Alan Alda

MASH, does anyone remember this show? Captain Hawkeye Pierce wrote this book and it is bloody brilliant! Alan combined improv and scientists to help brainiacs communicate with just about everybody else. Basically, he used his art to help them talk about theirs, how perfect is that?

With an author like Alan Alda, I expected the book to be funny, but I was surprised by how intelligent is too. Ever feel misunderstood? Give this book a read and I’m willing to bet you can improve your own communication.

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari

Smart! Yuval is hands down one of the most intelligent authors I have ever read. If you ever wondered how we got where we are as a species, read this book!

The Weight of Silence by Heather Gudenkauf

Another beautiful book where I was lost in the story. I couldn’t put this one down. Would they find the missing girls? Would they end up raped and murdered like the other little girl from a few years back?

This is one of those books that you can’t put down until you get to the end because you’re worried about the characters. Pick this one up on a rainy day, make some tea, and settle down in your favorite chair with a blankie. Go ahead and get comfortable because you’re not moving until you’re done.

Yesterday’s Tomorrow by Danielle Seck

Danielle’s story is fictional but it’s loosely based on her own experiences as a child. She grew up in Columbus, Ohio in an abusive family until her father gained full custody. She’s even turning it into a movie!

http://www.dispatch.com/entertainmentlife/20180419/ohio-grown-film-series-woman-refuses-to-stay-silent-about-domestic-abuse-victims

Ego is the Enemy by Ryan Holiday

A life changer, seriously this book can transform you if you let it. Must read!

Stoicism: an ancient Greek school of philosophy founded at Athens by Zeno of Citium. The school taught that virtue, the highest good, is based on knowledge and that the wise live in harmony with the divine Reason (also identified with Fate and Providence) that governs nature, and are indifferent to the vicissitudes of fortune and to pleasure and pain.

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

I’ve just begun this book, but I am already hooked. I’ll tell you all about it next month.

Classes

Daily OM A Year to Clear What’s Holding You Back- The class is over, but I did not complete several lessons because I was finishing my book. This class is going to help me with my second or third book. I’m not sure how they will play out exactly, YET!

Update: I still need to finish this class.

Watching

How to ADHD on Youtube- If you know anyone who has ADHD or loves someone with ADHD this is the best resource I have ever found. Please share it with them.

Podcasts

Nothing currently because I’m reading all the time.

 

How about you? What are you watching, reading, or what has inspired you this past month?


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